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Getting a mastectomy is a life- and body-changing event for breast cancer survivors. In today's always-online world, it's natural that survivors who have endured a mastectomy would like to share their “battle scars” with friends and family on social media.

Facebook is very clear that they do, in fact, allow post-mastectomy photos. Their Help Center states, "We agree that undergoing a mastectomy is a life-changing experience and that sharing photos can help raise awareness about breast cancer and support the men and women facing a diagnosis, undergoing treatment or living with the scars of cancer. The vast majority of these kinds of photos are compliant with our policies."

But in practice, many breast cancer survivors have experienced the shame and outrage of having posted a post-mastectomy photo only to have it flagged as inappropriate content.

Why does this happen?

Facebook allows users to flag images for offensive content, and the website's algorithm usually removes the image without considering context. Cancer survivors have to go through the hassle of disputing the automatic removal of their image, despite the fact that Facebook's Terms of Service is very clear that post-mastectomy images are allowed on the site.

Facebook needs to stop its blanket approach to banning images. They need to have real people decide what images should and should not be banned. Breast cancer survivors should not have to fight to post what Facebook has already said is allowed on their website!

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Dear Mark Zuckerberg,

It has come to my attention that many breast cancer survivors are feeling persecuted and silenced after they attempt to share post-mastectomy pictures on your website. Facebook's policy on this is clear. The Help Center states, "We agree that undergoing a mastectomy is a life-changing experience and that sharing photos can help raise awareness about breast cancer and support the men and women facing a diagnosis, undergoing treatment or living with the scars of cancer. The vast majority of these kinds of photos are compliant with our policies."

Breast cancer survivors, however, are often not having experiences that align with this stated policy. Too many survivors have shared post-mastectomy photos only to have the images be flagged and removed by Facebook's algorithm. To get their images back online, survivors have to go through a tedious customer support system. This is not something they should have to do. Furthermore, no survivor should have to go through the pain and anguish of having a banned image imply that their body is somehow inadequate or unacceptable. Cancer is hard enough. Post-mastectomy pictures are a way for survivors to bring awareness to the disease, and also bring to light the strength and indomitable spirit needed to endure it.

Mr. Zuckerberg, please spearhead a revision of Facebook's system for banning images. Flagged images should have a human making judgement calls before they are removed from the site. Doing so would save many breast cancer survivors countless hours of stress and shame that Facebook agrees they should not have experienced in the first place.

Thank you for your help,

Petition Signatures


Apr 19, 2018 Nancy Seay
Apr 16, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Apr 14, 2018 Becky Spahn
Apr 13, 2018 Anne Robinette Being a survivor and having scars is not a shameful picture. It is our new normal and our beauty
Apr 12, 2018 Erica Wheeler
Apr 12, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Apr 11, 2018 Marilena Zlate
Apr 10, 2018 Lynne Minore
Apr 10, 2018 Helen Smylie
Apr 8, 2018 Martha Eberle
Apr 7, 2018 Kyann Lopez
Apr 7, 2018 Isolina Martell
Apr 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 7, 2018 Germaine Tresvik
Apr 6, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 4, 2018 Dan Johnson
Apr 4, 2018 Cynthia Chan
Apr 4, 2018 SARAH ROBINSON
Apr 3, 2018 Alice SLEMMER
Apr 3, 2018 Tatiana Shelenga
Apr 3, 2018 kristine Brovold
Apr 2, 2018 Sheri LaGrave
Apr 2, 2018 Brenda Baker
Apr 2, 2018 Kimberly Brewer I'm a breast cancer survivor. I have left breast mastectomy. I'm think we should be able to show our mastectomy scars. I survived and those scars are my battle scars
Apr 2, 2018 Shawn Yeatman Especially when it's in a FB group for Breast cancer and mastectomy.
Apr 2, 2018 Susan Hanlon
Apr 2, 2018 Lynn Schweizer
Apr 2, 2018 Lynda Hughes Please
Apr 2, 2018 Nancy Cohen
Apr 2, 2018 Debra Gallonty
Apr 2, 2018 Matteo Sisti
Apr 2, 2018 Elaine Tokarski
Apr 2, 2018 Linda Dunham
Apr 2, 2018 Linda Deloria There is so much crap on facebook, and scars of the warriors that fight this battle is what is offensive?
Apr 1, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Mar 31, 2018 Roberta Stern
Mar 31, 2018 Karine Brown
Mar 31, 2018 Janet Taylor
Mar 31, 2018 Martha McKinney Please show this activity it's a great help for Women who are going through this
Mar 31, 2018 Ann Conney
Mar 31, 2018 Trevor Knowles
Mar 31, 2018 THEODORA BOURA They are not scars of same they are scars of fight. A FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mar 31, 2018 PATRICIA OSTERMEYER Give them their voice! They're warriors.
Mar 31, 2018 Leah Perez Our scars are our battle wounds. We wear them with pride. How else can anyone understand our fight?
Mar 31, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 31, 2018 Lorrae Kennedy
Mar 31, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 30, 2018 Elizabeth Wolff
Mar 30, 2018 Denise Smith
Mar 30, 2018 koenraad seminck

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